Wil White Posts Update On Shattered Hand in Mexico

Jun 11, 2021 at 9:32
by Alicia Leggett  

Wil White shared on Instagram that he shattered his hand and dislocated it from his wrist at the Fireride Festival in Mexico. The injury resulted in torn muscles and tendons, plus the nerves were compressed for three days before he was able to get surgery, so his recovery may be complicated. The full story, as told on Instagram, is copied below.

Most of you already know I had a bad crash down in Mexico from my stories, but I havent shared a post on it yet. Story below, but ended up shattering my hand and dislocating it from my wrist. On the mend now, got a long, slow recovery ahead. Thanks so so much to all of you who reached out after or helped at the event, the mtb community rules.

So basically I had showed up late to the long jump competition, our hotels were overbooked and we had to switch hotel rooms so we left to go do that. By the time we got back they were down to the final 2 riders on the long jump and going to give a 100 bucks to the winner. I saw the distance and decided I could clear it pretty easily and decided that I should probably take a warm up, just in case the lip was gonna buck me because it was short n steep, and it was windy so I wanted to feel it out. Everybody else was starting from the top of the hills so I figured if I started halfway and took 1 or 2 pedals I could feel it out. When I got to the lip I saw the line of paint on the ground and figured out I could probably make that at this speed so I preloaded, and as soon as I preloaded I realised that it was not great. Ended up going up over the bars and just enough lean from the wind to wipe out and right away knew I probably broke my wrist and hurt myself pretty bad.

Ended up with a series of really bumpy dirt road ambulance rides and hospitals without pain meds in Mexico and doctors telling me different diagnosis and wrong information and all this kind of crap. Left the hospital in an ambulance back to the event to get meds from the event doctor. Thought I was gonna get a shot of morphine when offered a shot but instead got a tequila shot in the ambulance...

Finally managed to get an early flight home get home to the states and find out that I need emergency surgery and that there's some small internal bleeding and it just doesn't look good. Finally got the surgery about 3 days after it happened and it's healing up the gonna be some complications from it but it should be good. My nerves were compressed for 3 days and I ripped all my muscles and tendons off the bones but they're healing!

We wish Wil all the best in his recovery and hope to see him back to breaking records soon.


36 Comments

  • 19 0
 Dude is gnarly His story of post-crash care definitely makes me ponder riding in Mexico in the future. We've been considering a riding trip to Oaxaca. We will probably still do it, but definitely want to take it easy and not get injured after following this experience on Wil's instagram.
  • 10 4
 Medical Care in Puerta Vallarta is top notch, thousands of Americans travel to PVR just for medical care and not toursim. I wonder to which hospitals we was taken by the ambulance company.
As for Oaxaca, we have been living here for 7 months now and can't tell you how amazing it is, probably never going back to Austin.
Medical care in the city is excellent for emergencies as long you go to one of the few Private Hospitals.

Check out @ride_transierranorte for tours, we are the tours branch of @TransierraNorte

Theres another couple good tour companies in the city that stick to riding in the main parking lot and taking you to flashy restaurants AKA Tourist traps.
If you want to access the goodies and not so keen on overpriced food that looks good on IG then check us out.
We also have a sweet bike lodge downtown Oaxaca.
  • 2 0
 @poncex:

My wife and I actually went to Oaxaca City for an anniversary trip a couple of years back and fell in love with it. We didn’t ride at all for that trip, as we mainly went for food and mezcal, but have now been talking about going back for a riding trip with the whole family.
  • 3 0
 I wonder if he had any insurance ? This can make all the difference. Trip Insurance is cheap , worth it !
  • 7 0
 Trans-scaphoid perilunate dislocation. Actually a common MTB injury. Whoever said he ripped the tendons and muscles off his bones is FOS. Lots of ligament damage though.
  • 2 0
 Yep, did mine in mx,bad. Do the therapy and push for every degree of flexion and extension back! It’s a must
  • 7 0
 Mexico has top notch medical services, but you need to go to the private sector. Hence, you need either good insurance or to pay tons of money.
  • 3 1
 Doing an event like that, where they’re doing it, calls for a setup where if you wreck, the private care in country is already arranged and if it’s really bad (and I’d consider this to be in that category), the medivac back to your home country is prepped.
That’s big money and at the least, a big deductible, but it’s his living we’re talking about.
  • 3 1
 As paramedic myself I can tell you that we rarely give pain medicine tbh I have never done it in my 6 year career for multiple reasons. But the fact that they gave you tequila n that they had TEQUILA in an ambulance is outrageous. We don’t even carry water!! N we never give patient fluids wtf!! I blame this one on the organizers, the didn’t even carry him to the ambulance on a stretcher they were pulling him from the arm. Very sorry about the whole situation n I wish you a quick recovery!! You’re freaking gnarly dude!! Pónganse las pilas en Mexico si van a hacer algo háganlo bien!!
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty sure he got that from somebody else and not the paramedics.
  • 2 0
 The freaking ambulance gave my son freaking ketamine on the way to the hospital on his last broken arm. When he broke both arms and had a much longer ride the time before, they just hit him with the morphine. EMTs in the US get to give out the good stuff. On this most recent, the boy got hit with ketamine 3 times before it was set. He said it was like he was running down the rainbow bridge course in Mario kart.
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: Uhhh.. I’m sorry but that’s inaccurate EMTs are not allowed to give ketamine nor morphine. The only drug that can administer are oxygen, epinephrine (epipen), charcoal, aspirin, albuterol, nitroglycerin, and oral glucose. N that’s a national standard in the US.
  • 2 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone:

Well then maybe there was someone in the ambulance beyond an EMT, because he’s definitely received both morphine and ketamine in ambulance rides.
  • 2 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone: Um no, when I was hit by a car on my road bike, the EMTs and Firefighters agreed to risk giving me morphine before they moved me (leg was in 2 pieces). Something about they didn't know if I had internal injuries (they thought I had been run over, not just hit), but they didn't want to move me without it.

I just remember they set up an IV on me while I was still lying on the asphalt and they gave me a hit of morphine. Then they put 2 back braces together and like 8 guys lifted me into the ambulance.

Not sure if that is what they are SUPPOSED to do, but it is what they did. And I was so very glad they did.
  • 3 0
 @KavuRider:

I think we are arguing semantics. Paramedics can administer medicines. EMTs cannot. To the layman, they are functionally the same and look the same when you’re on the receiving end of emergency care. To those in emergency response, there is a world of difference.
  • 1 0
 @KavuRider: Then those were probably not EMTs they were paramedics. Big difference.
  • 1 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone:

As I said above, it’s not a big difference to someone on the receiving end of emergency care, at least in appearance. I realize there’s a big difference in practice and what they can do.
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: sign me up for the ketamine. That stuff is a blast. Back when we were young we had some wild times with that stuff.
  • 1 0
 @Theysayivebeentheone @Hogfly
You guys are probably right!

I honestly don't know the difference.
  • 2 0
 I shattered mine and dislocated some fingers. Recovery sucks man. Listen to your body and recover that sucker properly. Patience pays off... but if the doctors start saying stuff that doesn't feel right... find another doctor. I had a bad one and he screwed me up for life. Dude had me back on my bike saying I was healed with a bone sticking out the back of my hand. Had to go back in break some shit and put it all back together in plastic surgery.
  • 1 0
 If he had pulled "all [his] muscles and tendons off the bones" he wouldn't have been able to close his hand in the photo. I'm sure it was a horrible crash, doesn't need to be exaggerated. Must have been very painful, whole thing sucks.
  • 4 0
 Wil, that Orange is a tank, I think it's just fine.
  • 4 0
 "Is my bike OK?" written upside down. made my day
  • 3 0
 Is there an opioid shortage in Mexico? Cause that’s about the last place I would expect to see one…..
  • 4 0
 That kicker looked like it was only a foot high. What a terrible jump.
  • 3 0
 Bruh, it was a long jump competition and they still got plenty of pop......
  • 3 0
 He's a real one. Hope your recovery goes as smoothly as possible!
  • 1 0
 I was walking on my local jogging trail and I saw will white with a sling on his arm! I'm not sure if I was more surprised meeting him or the sling.
  • 3 0
 Picture looks like an action movie. Bad ass
  • 1 0
 what kind of an event was that? It looked like some random dirt hill with a small wooden ramp at the bottom. Was that some kind of big event in Mexico?
  • 3 1
 Having broken bones, I can say that it's not recommended.
  • 1 0
 I bet everyone here has broken bones. If not, I'm happy to share some of mine......
  • 2 0
 @RayDolor: indeed. broke 8 ribs and 40% collapse lung (pneumothorax) on Memorial Day.
2 days in the hospital. Luckily I was stateside.
  • 2 0
 Tequila shots in the ambulance. Classic Mexico treatments!!
  • 2 0
 Healing vibes sent my bro!
  • 2 0
 WTF... Sadly that jump had BRONCO written all over it!!!

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